Category Archives: Safe Sex

SWOP-NOLA Safer Sex Kits

SWOP-NOLA Safer Sex Kit Recipe

XR Brands PASSION Lube SWOP-NOLA Safer Sex Kit

SWOP-NOLA Safer Sex kit with Passion Lube

SWOP-NOLA safe sex kits for promo

SWOP-NOLA safer sex kit with Astroglide

What’s in our SWOP-NOLA safer-sex kits?

  • condom
  • nitrile glove
  • instructions on how to use condoms and gloves effectively for various types of sexual activities (i.e., not just hetero penis-in-vagina sex), including how to to make a dental dam out of a glove or condom)
  • individual-use packets lube* (“personal lubricant,” if you want to be technical)
  • small flyer promoting SWOP-NOLA: SWOP-NOLA mini-flyer
  • snack-size ziplock bag (or similar)


  • Female condoms
  • SWOP-NOLA sticker

*Thanks to XR brands for the generous donation of hundreds of packets of Passion Lube for our 2013 International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers event!

We recently bought a couple hundred single-use packets of Wet brand lube, but now we’re out.

Note to manufacturers, distributors, vendors, etc. of safer-sex products and adult novelties:

We’re always looking for donations from awesome companies with awesome products!! Our SWOP-NOLA safer-sex kits are distributed FREE to the public by confident, open-minded, and friendly (not to mention sexy!) SWOP-NOLA members at our events and on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This means:

  • the company’s brand gets exposure to the target market,
  • the brand benefits from what is essentially a group of promo models directly interacting with potential consumers, and
  • a donation of products to SWOP-NOLA shows that the company supports our mission: to end violence against those working in the adult industry, and to promote healthier, pleasurable, safer sex between consenting adults.
SWOP-NOLA safer sex kit with XR Brands Passion Lube

SWOP-NOLA safer sex kit with XR Brands Passion Lube

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2014

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2014

SWOP-NOLA Banner on Bourbon St. Dec 17 2013

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2013

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2014

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2014

The Dirty: Sexy and Safer

From a workshop called“The Dirty: Sexy and Safer – Workshop on Safe Sex in the Queer Community on October 12th, 2012.

Lots of info here on BDSM, safe sex, kink, anal, std testing, local resources, etc. Click on the pics and zoom in (ctrl +) to read. Interesting and useful, even if you don’t identify as queer.

9/21/12: Link Exchanges, Law Questions, Sexy Events, HIV Research, Robyn Few

Hello all! Hope you’re having a great September.  Mine’s not so bad, now that I’m aaaaaaaalmost caught up on everything I got behind on during Isaac and the ensuing power outage.  Here are some updates:

In this SWOP-NOLA Update:

Link Exchanges
Share Your Opinions, Questions
Cool, Sexy Stuff is Happening
Southern Harm Reduction Conference
Research Into HIV Prevention
Robyn Few

Continue reading

Sexwork Harm Reduction Tips (adapted from “Tricks of the Trade” by L. Synn Stern-Leslie Peterson)

Adapted from “Tricks of the Trade” by L. Synn Stern-
Leslie Peterson, PBDL 12/07

from Sex Worker Outreach Coalition (SWOC) Portland, Oregon


• Tell someone where you are going and how long you will be gone.
• Try to work in pairs if possible… not side by side, but in sight of one another. Never let the client know you are alone. Let them think you have a friend that knows where you are.
• Try and carry a phone if possible. You can get a 9-1-1 cell phone from some DV/SA agencies.
• Carry a small bag with the essentials: condoms, lube, hand wipes and extra change of clothes for emergencies.
• Shoes should come off easily or be appropriate for running in
• Never carry a lot of money, or else hide money in a place other than a handbag—your shoe, your stocking, inside pocket, your sleeve…
• Walk against traffic, not with it
• The further from the stroll you get with a customer, the harder it becomes to turn him down. If he gives you a bad feeling on the stroll (your territory) It will get worse once you’re in the car (his territory).
• Stand where you can be seen and where you have good, glare-free vision of the stroll and approaching cars.
• Stash keys and other important personal items where they will be accessible and safe –keeping them in your pockets or purse makes them available to customers who want to rob you.
• If dancing in a club, always have a bouncer walk you to your car.
• If accepting drinks from clients, always make sure you watch it being made and do not let it out of your sight.
• Never accept food or drink from a client, unless you have seen him indulge in it first.
• “Act as if.” Always pretend to have security, wealth, health and calm.

Continue reading

STD/STI Facts from LA HIV/STD Program

From the Louisiana State HIV/STD Program


  • Can be transmitted during vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
  • known as a “silent” STD because about three quarters of infected women and about half of infected men have no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they usually appear within 1 to 3 weeks after exposure.
  • In females:

  • Vaginal discharge
    Pain when passing water
    Bleeding between periods
    Bleeding after sex
    Abdominal pain
    Anal pain, discharge, bleeding (anal sex)
    Sore throat (oral sex)

  • In males:

  • A discharge from the penis
    A burning sensation or pain when passing urine
    Anal pain, discharge, bleeding (anal sex)
    Sore throat (oral sex)

  • Treatable with antibiotics.


  • spread through contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus. Ejaculation does not have to occur for gonorrhea to be transmitted or acquired.
  • Symptoms:

  • Some men with gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all. Some have a burning sensation when urinating, or a white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis. Sometimes men with gonorrhea get painful or swollen testicles.

    Most women who are infected with gonorrhea have no symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they can be so non-specific as to be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Symptoms MAY include a painful or burning sensation when urinating, increased vaginal discharge, or vaginal bleeding between periods.

    Both men and women may have anal discharge, anal itching, soreness, bleeding, or painful bowel movements. Infections in the throat may cause a sore throat, but usually causes no symptoms.

  • Treatable with antibiotics.


  • Passed through direct contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Sores occur mainly on the external genitals, penis, vagina, anus, or in the rectum. Sores also can occur on the lips and in the mouth. Many of these sores are unrecognized, and transmission may occur from persons who are unaware they have syphilis.
  • Symptoms

  • Many people infected with syphilis do not have any symptoms for years.

    Primary Syphilis: red, firm, and sometimes wet sores that don’t hurt appear on the vagina, rectum, penis, or mouth. There is often just one sore (chancre), but there may be several. Someone with syphilis may also have swollen glands during this first stage. After a few weeks, the sore will disappear.

    Syphilis is highly contagious during this first stage. Unfortunately, it can be easy to miss because the chancres are painless and can appear in areas that may not be easy to see, like in the mouth, under the foreskin, or on the anus. This means that people may not know that they are infected, and can pass the disease on to others without realizing it.

    Secondary Syphilis: rash (especially on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands) and may also notice flu-like symptoms, such as fever and achiness. Sometimes the rashes associated with syphilis can be very faint or look like rashes from other infections and, therefore, may not be noticed. Sores sometimes appear on the lips, mouth, throat, vagina, and anus – but many people with secondary syphilis don’t have sores at all.

    Latent (hidden) Syphilis: All the signs of the disease go away, but the disease is still very much there. Syphilis can remain latent for many years.

    Tertiary Syphilis: Symptoms of late syphilis can include difficulty walking, numbness, gradual blindness, and possibly even death.

  • Treatable with antibiotics; the sooner the better.


  • Herpes is caused by the herpes simplex viruses, either type 1 (Herpes-1) or type 2 (Herpes-2). Most genital herpes is caused by Herpes 2.
  • Most individuals have no or only minimal symptoms from Herpes-1 or Herpes-2 infection. When signs do occur, they typically appear as one or more blisters on or around the genitals or rectum. The blisters break, leaving tender ulcers (sores) that may take two to four weeks to heal.
  • HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found in and released from the sores that the viruses cause, but they also are released between outbreaks from skin that does not appear to have a sore. Transmission can occur from an infected partner who does NOT have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected along with skin-to-skin contact.
  • Symptoms
  • Most people infected with Herpes-2 are not aware of their infection. However, if signs and symptoms occur during the first outbreak, they can be quite severe. The first outbreak usually occurs within two weeks after the virus is transmitted, and the sores usually heal within two to four weeks. Other signs and symptoms during the primary episode may include a second set of sores, and flu-like symptoms, including fever and swollen glands. However, most individuals with HSV-2 infection never have sores, or they have very mild signs that they do not even notice or that they mistake for insect bites or another skin condition.

  • There is no cure, but anti-viral antibiotics that can be used to control a flare up.